In this lesson plan, the students have the opportunity to brainstorm what they would want to put in the EarthCapsuleOne. The Moonshot classroom experience is centered around this 30-minute lesson plan and will prepare your students for creating their contribution to the Moonshot Campaign. Following this lesson and the homework assignment at the bottom, you have the freedom to choose the direction you take the Moonshot curriculum. We'll have more ideas and possible lesson routes for you to consider in the following "More Ideas" section.
Overall this is what you'll need to know about the lesson plan:
Timeframe: 30 minutes
- post-it notes (around 5+ per student)
- Moonshot video (link provided below)
- 1st lesson plan slide deck (link provided below)
- white board or larger poster paper with a 3-tiered bull's eye drawn on it
What Students Gain:
- A self-portrayal of what they believe represents life on planet Earth
- Reflection on what insights they would share with the future Earth inhabitants, 100+ year from now
- A ton of ideas on what contributions they can make to the Moonshot
Below is the agenda, including a few tips and tricks on how you can have a successful Moonshot lesson. We have devised and tested this in multiple classrooms with excellent success. Feel free to make adjustments to better fit the curriculum of your classroom.
Activity 1: Introduction
Timeframe: 2-5 Minutes | Supplies: Video, Moonshot Slides
This is your chance to introduce the Moonshot to your students and get the enthusiasm started. We've provided a video that you can start off with and an introductory slide deck to introduce some of the more concrete parts of the Moonshot, such as EarthCapsuleOne, the rocket that will be used for launch off, and more.
Afterwards you can explain the agenda for the day, and pass out post-it notes.
ACTIVITY 2: Brainstorm
Timeframe: 10 Minutes | Supplies: Post-it notes, Pens
Brainstorming will be split up into three sections in order to maximize effort and creativity:
Three minutes of individual brainstorming: "What do you think should go in EarthCapsuleOne?"
Three minutes of pair sharing
Three minutes of full group sharing.
Brainstorming individually will give everyone the chance to come up with their own ideas; pair sharing will help less outspoken people share their idea; full group sharing will consolidate everyone's idea.
ACTIVITY 3: Bullseye
Timeframe: 15 Minutes | Supplies: white board or large poster paper
This is the point where we bring everyone's ideas together and create a hierarchy of what the students think are the most valuable contributions to send on the EarthCapsuleOne.
Create a large Bull's Eye diagram with three layers on a white board or on large poster paper.
Have one group come up at a time to add their ideas, ranking them accordingly. The center are the most essential contributions, whereas the 3rd ring are the least essential.
Throughout this activity, help facilitate student participation to make the bull's eye activity as smooth as possible.
ACTIVITY 4: Reflection
Timeframe: 5 Minutes | Supplies: None
This is a time to go over the bull's eye with the entire class and reflect. These are some questions you can ask your students:
- Which ideas did you resonate with the most?
- What do you think the world will be like 100 years from now?
What do you hope the world will be like in 100 years?
What do you fear the world will be like in 100 years?
- What are the most important problems in the world that you hope we can solve?
- What would a person 100 years from now find interesting about life today?
The homework will get your students started on creating their potential contribution to EarthCapsuleOne. The basic structure of the assignment is to take a picture or video and write an accompanying 100 words describing the picture/video and what it means to them. These are some examples you can use:
Take a picture of your favorite place and describe it in 100 words.
Describe a problem in the world that you hope to solve. Include a picture.
People in the future might play differently. How do you like to play, today? Take a picture and describe it.
Take a picture in your community. Describe it.
The following image and text is an example of a student's work for "Take a picture of your favorite place and describe it in 100 words.
Submission and Feedback
We recommend having your students compile their image/video and their 100 words on one attachment, such as a Google doc, and email it to you. Once you've compiled all the links and attachments, we would love to stay in touch and see the ideas students have come up with. Please send their contributions to the following email:
By sending us the ideas your students came up with, we can take a look at how the lesson plan helped students come up with their contribution to the Moonshot and get in touch with you if there were any exceptional contributions or any issues.
You can also share your feedback on how the lesson plan went and any best practices you developed and want to share with other teachers here:
This will also be a great way to get in touch with other teachers working on the Moonshot, if you have any questions or just generally want to share a positive experience that inspired you in the lesson plan.
The discussion forum is a private Facebook group. If you are unable to access it, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org and attach the email you use for Facebook so we can invite you to the group.